How to find newly released Israeli immigration records from 1919 onward


January 20, 2023

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Two ships carrying 1,014 Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors arrive in Haifa, on Jan. 1, 1945.

(JTA) - The genealogy website MyHeritage posted 1.7 million Israeli immigration records online this week, making accessible a trove of ship and plane passenger lists stored in bound tomes at the Israel State Archives. 

The records cover arrivals to the country for about 60 years starting in 1919. They include details such as the name of immigrants, country of origin, birth year, date of arrival, destination city and the name of the vessel they arrived on. 

MyHeritage is billing the records as the Israeli version of the Ellis Island database, and historians and genealogists have endorsed t...

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